Former Pixar Animator Joins Laika's Next Stop-Motion Flick
by Ethan Anderton
February 21, 2010
Laika Entertainment enjoyed reasonable success with their first feature, Henry Selick's stop-motion adaptation Coraline, but more recently the animation studio has had its fair share of bad news with Selick leaving the studio last October just after the shut-down of their computer animation division, which meant lost jobs for over 120 employees. However, with a focus solely on stop-motion animation, THR says they finally decided their next project will be Little White Lie based on an original idea by former Pixar writer and director Jan Pinkava, which he'll write with Chris McCoy who had a script on last year's Black List.
Pinkava previously worked as an animator/story artist on Pixar's A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. He was then supposed to direct Ratatouille, which was actually based on his own original idea he had developed for five years (coming up with the sets, character designs and core premise of a master chef rat) until Brad Bird was brought on, and the film was revamped almost from the ground up using only the basic premise and characters in his version of the story. Unfortunately his creative mind is the only hope we have that this original idea will be worth seeing, since we currently have no other story details.
But writer Chris McCoy will be an interesting partner since his script Good Looking was on last year's Black List and is currently set up at DreamWorks. That story is set in a future where dating services can perfectly match soulmates, but a man rejects the person chosen for him. Sounds kind of like Invention of Lying meets The Matrix (in a romantic comedy sort of way). I think Pinkava and McCoy will bring a unique style and feel to Laika, but since these films take so long to make, there's no telling how soon we'll see anything from it, especially with the instability Laika has unfortunately shown recently. As always, we'll keep you posted.